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Young People's Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert and Silent Auction 2012
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
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Young People's Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert and Silent Auction 2012
The Young People's Symphony Orchestra (YPSO) 2012 Spring Concert and Silent Auction on May 12 will feature special guest violinist Florin Parvulescu of the San Francisco Symphony, music director/conductor David Ramadanoff, and 100 young orchestra musicians. The program includes Johannes Brahms' Tragic Overture, Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, with Mr. Parvulescu as soloist, and Claude Debussy's La Mer.

German composer Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1868) is one of the most popular and highly regarded violin concertos of the Romantic repertorie. Its structure is unusual in that the movements are linked together, a departure from the customary orchestral exposition and rigid form of earlier concertos. Though a true showpiece for a master violinist, the G-minor Concerto also possesses a solid musicianship and a memorable lyricism that make it a continuing favorite with both performers and audiences.

San Francisco Symphony violinist Florin Parvulescu was born in 1971 in Bucharest, Romania. He started playing the violin at the age of six at the Georges Enescu music school. In 1978 he attended the Juilliard School Pre-College division and in 1989 he went on to study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In addition to earning Bachelors and Artist Diploma degrees at Peabody, Mr. Parvulescu was awarded numerous scholarships and prizes, among them the Marbury Award and Yale Gordon award.

Mr. Parvulescu joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1998 and is a current member of the orchestra. From 1996 to 1998, he was a member of the St. Louis Symphony. As soloist and chamber musician Mr. Parvulescu has appeared in recital series at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Aspen Music Festival, Berkeley Chamber Music Series, and as soloist with the Xiamen Philharmonic in China. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Mr. Parvulescu's playing for its "gleaming tone and pyrotechnics." Mr. Parvulescu appears with YPSO by arrangement of Price Rubin & Partners.

Ramadanoff programmed the Bruch concerto for the spring concert so the orchestra could learn it since Marián Svetlík will play the piece during the orchestra's upcoming summer Central European tour stop in Bratislava, Slovakia on June 26th in the Slovak Radio Concert Hall.  The orchestra will also play concerts in Prague and Vienna during its 10-day tour in June.

Johannes Brahms composed his Tragic Overture in D minor, opus 81, in 1880 during the same summer he composed his more popular Academic Festival Overture. The two compositions couldn't be more different in tone and effect, one joyful and the other somber. Brahms even commented, wryly, "One weeps, the other laughs."

French composer Claude Debussy wrote his imagined depiction of the sea (La Mer) in an elemental waynot evoking its reality but its ideal in his imagination.  The 1905 work's three movements are parts of a single symphonic entity, and indeed as close as Debussy came to writing a symphony.  It is organized without regard for conventional theme and development and takes as its subject matter color, texture, and nuance. Melodic line, rhythmic regularity, and the use of standard harmonic progressions are all shattered, gently but decisively, by the fluid play of the waves in the second movement. French audiences and critics greeted this revolutionary work with hostility and it took a few years for its brilliance to win them over.

The orchestra's annual silent auction fundraiser will feature a cornucopia of 120 items up for bid from getaway vacations to music lessons to a variety of event tickets. The Silent Auction begins at 6:30pm and concludes at the close of the concert's intermission.

Celebrating his 23rd season as Music Director/Conductor, David Ramadanoff conducts 100 YPSO musicians who range in age from 12 to 21 and hail from 28 Bay Area cities in six counties.

Founded in Berkeley in 1935, YPSO is the oldest youth orchestra in California and the second oldest in the nation. Violinist and conductor Jessica Marcelli founded YSPO at the suggestion of Clarabelle Bell, an amateur harpist and Berkeley resident, who got the idea after hearing a youth orchestra on a trip to Portland, Oregon.

Brahams - Tragic Overture
Bruch - Violin Concerto in G minor
Debussy - La Mer (The Sea)



First Congregational Church of Berkeley (View)
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States

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